Free YouTube Downloader

Free YouTube Downloader

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 1144 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.5.123
File Size:
695.88KB
Date Added:
January 27, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
42,681,277
Downloads Last Week:
175,191
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download.

Editors' review

We love YouTube downloaders because they make it so easy to grab and save video from YouTube's inexhaustible, ever-expanding supply. Whatever you like, if it's on video, it's probably on YouTube in one form or another. HOW's Free YouTube Downloader is one of the easiest tools for that job we've found. It not only downloads videos from YouTube but also converts them and files from your hard drive into formats you can play on your iPad, iPhone, and similar devices. It offers several quality levels, including HD quality, and plays your converted file when the job is done, if you want it to.

Ads pay the bills for freeware, and though Free YouTube Downloader contains no adware, we had to click through several screens to get to the actual program's download. It's worth the effort, though, since Free YouTube Downloader's easy settings and minimal user interface (think media player) let you quickly configure downloads and keep an eye on them in a corner of the screen while you do other things. We browsed to a YouTube page and copied and pasted its URL into Free YouTube Downloader's entry field (you can also browse to and add your own files). We selected Windows Media Video from an extensive drop-down list of Output Format options. We also selected the highest output quality, Full High Definition (1080p). We clicked Settings, too; these let us set always-on-top, a default output folder, simultaneous download and conversion, and language options. The browser-based Help file uses screenshots to make each step clear.

Once we'd made our selections, we pressed Download. Free YouTube Downloader began downloading and converting our video almost instantaneously (your connection will affect the speed) and finished by asking if we wanted to view our video. The video opened and played normally in our default media player. After that, we started downloading and saving videos we wanted to watch later. We like the way Free YouTube Downloader lets you choose a device-specific format for conversions, too. Don't forget to watch some of those videos you'll be saving with Free YouTube Downloader!

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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 1144 votes

    • 5 star: 544
    • 4 star: 191
    • 3 star: 63
    • 2 star: 42
    • 1 star: 304
  • Current Version:

    3.2

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4 stars

    "I'm using this and very simple to follow."

    July 10, 2014   |   By MariaRBennett

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    Your product is very good.

    Cons

    Have no probelm with it.

    Summary

    The program is small and does not use up much disk space or memory..

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to understand and small size."

    July 10, 2014   |   By GeorgeATeague

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    Easy to use, small size.

    Cons

    None to think of.

    Summary

    Are you preparing for a ten hour car ride with Grandma and need some entertainment to keep you from going crazy?free YouTube Downloader is the perfect downloader because it actually does what it says it does and more.

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  • 4 stars

    "Has a very intuitive interface. very user friendly."

    July 10, 2014   |   By AndreaDHealey

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    It's still works great.

    Cons

    None so far. I'm still using this and it's smooth.

    Summary

    I highly recommend it for teachers or anyone with similar needs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy to use. Fantastic!"

    July 10, 2014   |   By AllenSarwar

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    Easy to use. Fantastic!

    Cons

    Nothing. just download and use it.

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  • 1 stars

    "One star for this version - 5 stars for Version 3.5.136"

    July 09, 2014   |   By paulettemoudakis

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    The version that WORKS is a previous version - 3.5.136.0 - the new 4.xx is loaded with bugs and viruses.

    Cons

    bugs and viruses - also only gives option of saving in .AVI format.

    Summary

    I just keep ignoring the message to update to the latest version and am keeping V. 3.5.136 that actually works like a charm.

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  • 1 stars

    "i got a virus from this"

    July 09, 2014   |   By uCheir3Lie1oo

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    virus detected and removed during downloading......please be careful. I have tried

    Cons

    spam everywhere

    Summary

    virus detected and removed during downloading......please be careful. I have tried

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  • 5 stars

    "Ease of use"

    July 08, 2014   |   By PiscoUrwin

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    Conducive to work

    Cons

    Needless to say it did not

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  • 4 stars

    "Yes beta version but I am getting it to work!"

    July 08, 2014

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    Does a lot of things for free that other top downloaders charge extra for in premium version.
    Easy to use.

    Cons

    If you are still using XP (like me) then you may have to tweak a couple things to get it to work from the Start menu but no big deal.

    Summary

    I had an older version and when I tried to update it to the V.3.5.190 I had a lot of problems and wrote a trashy review which was never published here for some reason. I did submit a problem report which you can do instead of sending them email. A few days later I used an old installer executable and it worked and downloaded the more recent beta V 4.0.0.172. It worked for me to download a video in 720p MP4 format and the program will start more than once.

    It works in XP still.
    Submit a problem report of bugs you find.
    When there is a new version, it seems you don't necessarily have to download a new installer. Run your old installed but now you can also check and download a new version from the app itself.

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  • 1 stars

    "Please do NOT download yet... (July 8th 2014)"

    July 08, 2014   |   By pugsley0134

    Version: Free YouTube Downloader 4.0.0.172

    Pros

    New Interface
    Option to download multiple files at once

    Cons

    Is not ready yet (bugs)
    This is a BETA version
    Will not install properly

    Summary

    Please, do not download this yet! Check around online and you'll see that others are having issues. This is a BETA version. Once downloaded, and installed, it only works until you close it; then it will not reopen without installing the entire program again.

    Also: under preferences, the default folder for downloads, has a man's name: KEN. I believe this is one of the programmers or testers, not sure? As for a virus, I have found none! It's just the program itself, will not function properly.

    I have a vast amount of experience; so I know how to install without getting the extra programs, toolbars, ect. As with past versions, the producer (HOWINC), offers you two different other pieces of software.

    Look, overall... you'll notice a sweet update here: finally, the chance to do multiple downloads at once!!! However, the program still needs to be tweaked. I am posting this: July 8th, 2014. Wait about seven to ten days before updating. For now... just run with your old version.

    I have contacted the producer (HOWINC) and have not received a reply yet. If anyone would like to email the producer/maker of this software... here is their email address: info@howincorporated.com

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